Autism and Nutritional Supplements
by: Ray Smith
Unfortunately, it has been proved beyond doubt that a large percentage of the United
States population suffers from nutritional deficiency. Studies show, 30% of the general
population has a marginal level of Vitamin C and 15% are Vitamin C deficient. Low
level of vitamins and minerals like, calcium, iron, folic acid, magnesium, and chromium
continue to be a significant but common problem in the United States. It is also being
noticed that children suffering from Autism are the most common patients for vitamin
and mineral deficiency. Generally children suffering from Autism have much lower level
of vitamins A, C, D, and E, and all B vitamins (except choline) and some minerals (zinc,
magnesium, selenium).

The most common problems that are detected in children suffering from nutritional
deficiency can be listed as follows:

High Copper: Zinc ratio
B12 deficiency
Calcium deficiency
Sulfate deficiency
Vitamin A
Why children with Autism suffer the most?

Chronic diarrhea/constipation: Malabsorption is a common problem related to Autism. A
recent study by the Southwest Autism Research Center of over 400 people with autism
has found that 48% reported chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation

Gastrointestinal inflammation: Many patients suffering from Autism experience chronic
gastrointestinal inflammation and structural compromise in the digestive tract. This
intestinal inflammation likely reduces nutrient absorption.

Dietary restrictions: One of the classic symptoms of autism is restricted interests and
behaviors and this often extends to choices of food. Restricted, self-limited diets are
highly likely to be deficient in one or more essential nutrients.

The Brighter Side

When we are all concerned with the increasing rate of autistic children and problems due
to lack of necessary vitamins and minerals it has also been proved that
multivitamin/mineral nutrient supplement goes a long way in helping these children.
These nutritional supplements significantly contribute towards their improvement of IQ,
scholastic test scores, and early neurological development. Children with learning
disabilities experience substantial behavioral, cognitive, and academic gains by use of
these multivitamin nutritional supplements.

Studies and feedback from parents of children with Autism has shown that calcium,
vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin B6 with magnesium, zinc, niacin, niacinamide, and
dimethylglycine resulted in improvement in 41–58% of cases.

The Liquid Vitamin Formula and the Liquid Mineral Formula (available at http://www. ) developed with the advice of James Adams. Ph.D. Arizona State
University is an ideal solution to meet the nutritional needs of Autism and ADHD. James
B. Adams is a father of a young girl with autism, diagnosed in 1994, and that is what led
him to eventually shift much of his research emphasis to autism, focusing on biological
causes and treatments.

It was found in research that a combination of Vitamin B6 and Magnesium is highly
effective in reducing many of the deficits and symptoms of autism. Vitamin C has also
been shown in a clinical trial to facilitate a reduction in symptom severity in children with
autism. Vitamin B6 is significantly elevated in children with autism, probably due to
defective pyridoxal kinase, implying a functional need for more. This may explain why
very high doses of vitamin B6 have been shown in numerous studies to benefit children
with autism. However, further study is required to measure pyridoxal, pyridoxamine,
PMP, and PLP simultaneously to validate this interpretation. Alpha lipoic acid levels
should also be higher and preferably at par with those found in typical adults.

These are some of the basic requirements that must be kept in mind while developing
any nutritional supplements to be effective and contribute towards proper treatment and
growth of children with autism and people suffering from lack of minerals and vitamins.
James Adams research ahs gifted us with two such multivitamin nutritional supplements
however we should put in continuous effort to develop even better solutions and
products that would be effective to cure autism.

About The Author

This article is written by Ray Smith, a marketing expert with years of experience in
different industries and specialized knowledge on branding and internet marketing.

This article was posted on August 07, 2005

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